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Indiana Avenue Bridge

Indiana Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 8, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Indiana Avenue Over Little Calumet River
Location
Chicago: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Non-Historic, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1977 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
264 Feet (80.47 Meters)
Structure Length
334 Feet (101.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
48 Feet (14.63 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
16608126805

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Indiana Avenue Bridge Dedication

Note: This modern bridge is not historic. This page is provided for reasons of comparison and continuity of Calumet related waterway listings only.

This bridge was built in 1977. HistoricBridges.org has a policy to not include any bridge newer than 1970, however an exception was made with this bridge since this bridge is one of only a couple truss bridges on the Little Calumet River and Calumet Sag Channel that do not meet the 1970 cutoff date so the bridge is being included for coverage consistency. This bridge does make a good comparison to the 1960s bridges found on the Calumet Sag Channel, since by 1977 rivets had been abandoned completely completing the transition away from a construction technique that had been in use in the United States since the beginning of metal bridge construction.

The previous bridge at this location was an unusual swing bridge with vertical end posts and a double-intersection Warren truss configuration.

Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this historic bridge.

Indiana Avenue Bridge Previous Swing BridgeIndiana Avenue Bridge Previous Swing Bridge

Indiana Avenue Bridge Previous Swing Bridge

Main Plaque

CALUMET SAG NAVIGATION PROJECT

S. INDIANA AVENUE BRIDGE

1977

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

CHICAGO DISTRICT CORPS OF ENGINEERS

CITY OF CHICAGO

MICHAEL A. BILANDIC

MAYOR

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